Liberal Democrats urge Labour to drop proposed York ‘Green Bin Tax’
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Liberal Democrats urge Labour to drop proposed York ‘Green Bin Tax’

They claim to have gathered over 2,000 signatures on a petition opposing the charge. As part of budget proposals announced last week to save £14.3 million in 2024/25, York council’s ruling Labour group said it would introduce an annual charge of £46.50 per bin to empty green bins from April. They suggested offering a 50% discount for residents who struggle to afford the service. Defending the proposed charge, the council’s joint executive member for environment and climate emergency Cllr Jenny Kent said the non-statutory service costs £1.75m per year and the council can’t afford to run it for free. The move was among several cost-saving measures proposed to address an expected £40 million deficit in the council’s finances over the next four years. However, Lib Dem councillors say they will urge Labour to abandon what they call a ‘deeply unpopular Green Bin Tax’ at a council Executive meeting on Thursday. They fear it will lead to increased fly-tipping, burning of green waste, or depositing it into black bins, as well as more car trips to the tip, worsening congestion on the roads. They have collected over 2,000 signatures calling on the Labour administration to reverse the cut. The Liberal Democrats will present an alternative budget and explore ways to scrap the Green Bin Tax. Councillor Paula Widdowson, the Lib Dem environment spokesperson, added that if Labour goes ahead with the tax, they must reduce it for those who can’t pay, allow residents to share a green bin, and continue to deliver a collection service to all households with a green bin throughout March. Residents who want to opt out of the service must not be left with unwanted green bins full of waste.